Gamers associate Nintendo with family-friendly content and games that are aimed specifically at children. However, in the early 2000s, a game came out on the N64 console that proudly flipped that image: Conker’s Bad Fur Day.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day celebrates its 22nd birthday
When you think of the Nintendo 64, you probably also think of such legendary games as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 or Super Smash Bros. However, another N64 classic has been somewhat forgotten: Conker’s Bad Fur Day.
What at first glance looks like a cute Super Mario clone was actually the complete opposite. Protagonist Conker drinks, insults and kills his way through various levels. The boss fight against the singing turd The Great Mighty Poo is particularly iconic.
The crude humor, sexual innuendos, and plentiful pop culture references have Conker’s Bad Fur Day quickly become a cult game, which is still celebrated today. For example in a new thread on Reddit:
Even 22 years later, many fans can’t really believe that a scandalous game like Conker’s Bad Fur Day was released on a Nintendo console of all things. From today’s perspective, something like this is almost unthinkableAfter all, Nintendo is considered the most family-friendly company in the gaming industry.
“This game was great. Getting an adult game for the Nintendo 64 was crazy. I borrowed it at the time and it was like I got hold of something illegal lol.” (Reddit user TyrannoSpank)
A video game legend who died far too young
Although Conker’s Bad Fur Day a great success for Nintendo was and the critics showered the game with praise (92 percent on Metacritic), the aggressive rodent never got a sequel. 2005 appeared though a remake on the first Xbox titled Conker: Live & Reloaded, but after that the brand went quiet.
In 2015, Conker’s Bad Fur Day was re-released, this time as part of the Rare Replay Collection for Xbox One, but it ended right away after that. Today Conker lives above all in the memories of the players, who played the unusual game in their childhood.